Month: December 2020

Although “employee engagement” is one of the most popular workplace topics, it may only be a catchphrase at many companies. According to a 2020 Gallup Poll, 36% of workers report being engaged, 51% are not engaged, and 13% are actively disengaged. The term engaged means people who are highly involved in, enthusiastic, and committed to
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Municipal bonds were stable on Wednesday as the market remained mostly unchanged on the last full trading day of 2020. Thursday will see an early close with a full close on Friday. Trading will resume on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Residual position-squaring is about all that is happening this week — and much of last
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Individuals and businesses with outstanding tax balances due can face severe penalties from the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), including the eventual seizure of personal or business assets in some cases. To handle this dilemma—which can trigger a significant financial crisis—a new type of business has sprung up to help delinquent taxpayers cope with their tax debts.
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The EU and China have announced a long-awaited deal on an investment treaty, in a move that is aimed at opening up lucrative new corporate opportunities but risks antagonising president-elect Joe Biden’s incoming US administration.  The accord was confirmed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and EU leaders including European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen
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It’s easy to get caught up in choosing investments and forget about the tax consequences—most particularly, capital gains tax. After all, picking the right stock or mutual fund can be difficult enough without worrying about after-tax returns. The same thing is true when you invest in other types of assets, such as your home. However, figuring
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The UK drugs watchdog has approved the coronavirus vaccine made by Oxford university and AstraZeneca, boosting hopes that millions more Britons can be inoculated against the disease in the coming months as a new viral variant takes hold. AstraZeneca said on Wednesday the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency had given the jab an
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What Is the FDIC? The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was created at the height of the Great Depression, following the closure of 4,000 banks in the first few months of 1933 and the loss of $1.3 billion in deposits. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Banking Act of 1933 on June 16 of that year,
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“These are times when the strong can get stronger,” Nike chief executive John Donahoe said in September, as he celebrated the digital investments and robust brand that helped the sportswear group to increase its earnings even as Covid-19 closed its stores. Nike was far from the only household name boasting of resilient profits and a
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Happiness during retirement can be pretty elusive. That can come as a surprise to some, who might assume they’ll be much happier once they finally stop working. In the years leading up to retirement, they may have dreamed about not being beholden to an employer’s schedule, having plenty of free time to pursue hobbies and
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Investment banks across the world have generated a record $124.5bn in fees this year as companies raced to raise cash to outlast the pandemic. The windfall came as lenders earned all-time high fees underwriting debt and equity offerings for clients like aeroplane maker Boeing, property rental site Airbnb and telecoms group SoftBank, according to data
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Julie Faupel, REALM founder and CEO Courtesy of REALM REALM™ the first collaborative global real estate collective launched during the Pandemic delivers $5.4 Billion in inventory in nine months. When I wrote about REALM’s launch last April the pandemic was hitting the country hard. Julie Faupel, REALM founder and CEO and owner of Jackson Hole Real
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Sheila Patel, chairman of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s asset-management unit, is leaving the $1.8 trillion division after almost two decades at the firm. Patel, 51, is among the company’s most senior women and shepherded some of Goldman’s highest-profile relationships with investors around the world. She will step down from the partnership and become an advisory
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Gross Profit vs. Net Income: An Overview Two critical profitability metrics for any company include gross profit and net income. Gross profit represents the income or profit remaining after the production costs have been subtracted from revenue. Revenue is the amount of income generated from the sale of a company’s goods and services. Gross profit
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The EU and China are close to reaching a long-awaited business investment deal as Brussels seeks to level the playing field for European companies operating in the Chinese market.  During a meeting with national ambassadors in Brussels on Monday, the European Commission reported progress on talks with Beijing, including on the core remaining issue of
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Donald Trump raised hopes of a breakthrough to release $900bn in coronavirus stimulus aid on Sunday night, after tweeting of “good news” in the stand-off. Millions of Americans lost unemployment benefits over the weekend after the president refused to sign the bipartisan congressional stimulus package approved just before Christmas. Mr Trump had said he would
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Tesla’s stock is stupidly expensive. It may go higher and shareholders may be rewarded, or it may languish or fall. There is no law prohibiting stupidly expensive from becoming moronically expensive. Moreover, speculative companies that actually achieve explosive sales and profit growth for a number of years can actually make outlandish valuations seem justified for
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Most-loved home gifts you can give yourself after the holiday. getty Did you receive a wellness-inspired Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah gift this year? According to Amazon’s most-loved home product selections this week, many of you did. For those who didn’t get health-enhancing gifts for your home, here are five of the popular site’s page one
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